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Menopause

Postby Sonnie » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:53 pm

My husband made a suggestion that a lot of my aches and pains could be me going through the menopause. I have just been on a website and my fm symptoms seem very similar. I do get a lot of hot flushes and mood swings. I am nearly 52 and had a hysterectomy 5 years ago. Does anyone else think they might have this and not fm? I do also have problem areas eg pain in my shoulder, sciatica, hot rods going down through my arm and pain in my feet. (Loads of pain and stiffness especially in my feet in the morning) and as I have not been diagnosed it would be brilliant to think that my pain could go away once I have been through the change :D
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Re: Menopause

Postby FluppyPuffy » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:20 pm

With you asking about the menopause, am I right in thinking that the hysterectomy you had left your ovaries in place??

I don't think things have helped with you being given the vague descriptions that you may have a touch of FM rather than the definite dx you need :facepalm: :facepalm: The menopausal symptoms you mentioned are also common to FM, and FM is good at mimicking symptoms from other conditions/illnesses which is why it's not straight forward to dx, and is only made after these other things have been ruled out.

The only way you'll definitely know if you are menopausal is to have tests done to check your hormone levels, which will mean another trip to see your gp to find out :facepalm: :facepalm:

Wish I could give you a more positive and upbeat answer :( :? :?
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Re: Menopause

Postby denys » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:42 pm

same thought as Fluppy sorry, I'm 51 and still not even perimenopausal wish it would get on with it to be honest :wave: :wave: :wave:
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Re: Menopause

Postby shazq » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:09 am

Hi
Your GP will be able to tell you if you are going through the menopause by a blood test.

I had a hysterectomy in 97 but they kept my ovaries in, i have started the menopause early, been on HRT for around 7 months now.

It has helped with the hot sweats but has not taken them away but thats where the fibro kicks in as still getting mood swings, depression, hot flushes and all the aches and pains :facepalm: :dunno:
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Re: Menopause

Postby FluppyPuffy » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:30 pm

This older thread about the menopause has popped up, with some info about things another member takes to help deal with various aspects of it. Thought there might be something helpful in it for you :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: http://www.ukfibromyalgia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=9360
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Re: Menopause

Postby xl5 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:38 pm

I was dx'ed with fm 5 years ago though now realise its been ther most of my life. I'm now 57, was put on hrt 6 years ago for violent mood swings & other menopause symptoms, and it worked ok. 2 months ago my dr took me off it and since then the flushes/sweats and mood swings have returned with a vengeance to the extent that I have spiralled into a real deep depression, worse than for a few years. Have not had a proper period for 2/3 years. If I go back on hrt will I have to go thro' all this again?? Struggling to cope... as of course fm magnifies all discomforts - could put up with these, but the depression is too crippling to live with. Today my dr has upped the venlafaxine (SSRI) again... not v happy about it, but need to get my sanity back. Anyone else had similar experience??
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Re: Menopause

Postby shazq » Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:47 pm

Hi x15

Hope things start to settle soon. :hugs: it might be the meds getting out of your system still :dunno: if things dont settle down i would go back and have a chat to your gp. Hope the extra venlafaxine kick in soon.
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Re: Menopause

Postby denys » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:00 pm

sorry xl5 I havent been through anything like this but :fingerscrossed: they get your meds sorted and your mood :goodluck2: :goodluck2: :goodluck2:
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Re: Menopause

Postby Livefortheday » Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:01 pm

I think I am premenopausal. Am only 43 but mum and gran both had theirs early 40s. Terrible hot flushes and miss about one in every three monthlys. Feel more down than usual as well. Trouble with the blood test is that it can give different readings at different times of the day, or so my doctor says :? Have decided against HRT if I am cause my opinion is that it only delays the symptoms. Also have had enough medication stuffed in me all my life that i don't want to take more for what I consider a natural process. My symptoms are also worse around the time of my monthlys, does anyone else find this?

Mind you, if the hot flushes get any worse perhaps I will end up running screaming for the HRT :lol:
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Re: Menopause

Postby ladyofwales » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:16 am

hi, yes. for the last 4 years i have monthly periods that only last one and a half days. Previously i was regular 5 day period. When i finally found a doctor who listened to my symptoms and offered fibro as the problem, she also listened to other issues including the pelvic pain and menopause symptoms. I have thick facial hair growing on my chin too, which only added to the menopause being to blame. The doc sent me for a scan and all was normal with my overies and blood tests didnt indicate the menopause. cant get help with the facial hair because i am do not have systic overies. I have since been diagnosed with fibro and cfs by a specialist, i went private to get a diagnosis because i suffered for at least 3 years badly and going back 6 years i can now see symptoms that i didnt understand at the time. Most of the doctors did not help. I had no idea what was wrong with me and was often made out to be over reacting. I saw a doc within two weeks of enquiring. She helped a lot, listened and confirmed my docs ideas of what was wrong. She also confirmed that the pain in pelvic area and change in periods is a symptom of fibro. I am waiting to see her again on the nhs. could be a long wait..
I do find there is not a lot of support out there.
My pain in my hips is worse during the time of my period.
Heres hoping we all get some relief from this horrid syndrome. :)
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Re: Menopause

Postby ladyofwales » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:19 am

Oh, i meant to say, i am 35 years old and did think it was a bit early for the menopause. And i was right. Not sure whether to be pleased or not...
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